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MagiClyde
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Recently, I was reading through one of the Ripley's books and found at least two items that I know have supposedly been debunked as urban legends. Makes me wonder how thoroughly they really do research the "facts" for their books. It would make me very sad and unable to trust their reports if they can't be relied upon. Smile

Well, I get to be the first poster in another new forum! Smile Smile Smile
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Hi Clynim,

That, then, would be the "or Not" part Smile

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"supposedly debunked" is the stuff of legends too.
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So what were the two items?
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Something about the great wall of China and a guy named Robert Wholler.
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I would have to look for both of them again, but one of them was the story about the boot with the rattlesnake tooth in it that supposedly killed two or three members in a family when they tried the boot on.

One story tauts it as an urban legend. Ripley's went so far as to name names and, I believe, dates.

I'll look for the other story and report back to you.
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If you've ever been to one of their "museums" like the one in Niagara Falls Canada, you'd see that a LOT of the things they showcase are "fakes," but they aren't exactly claiming them all to be real. It's a glorified "sideshow" museum.
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Ripley's is about ratings and controversy, not about actual fact. FYI.
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On 2008-06-02 01:28, gdw wrote:
If you've ever been to one of their "museums" like the one in Niagara Falls Canada, you'd see that a LOT of the things they showcase are "fakes," but they aren't exactly claiming them all to be real. It's a glorified "sideshow" museum.


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I always thought that Robert Ripley left it up to you to decide if it was true or not, hence his by line "Believe it or Not". Regardless, it makes for interesting conversation.

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Ripley was another P.T.Barnum
When a person starts off a factual statement with "They Say"...

Please ask, who are they?



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There is a thing in the upcoming Ripley's book about a guy that has eaten more than 4,000 light bulbs! It says that he learned to do it from some sideshow guy and that in one summer season performing in some show in a seaside amusement park or something he ate more than a thousand bulbs. I mean, c'mon. Who is going to believe that?
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Ripley lied??? Smile
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Todd...uh...just wondering...how many light bulbs have you eaten?
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More than 4,000.
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Pay attention folks: the answers don't always come quickly, but they DO come!

Thanks, Todd.

I guess I'm gonna have to buy the upcoming Ripley's book.
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On 2008-06-05 23:26, Police Magician wrote:
I always thought that Robert Ripley left it up to you to decide if it was true or not, hence his by line "Believe it or Not". Regardless, it makes for interesting conversation.

Glenn


If I recall the story correctly, he started out with a newspaper strip and originally called it "Champs... and Chumps." His editor (I believe) crossed it out and wrote "Believe it or not..." and that's the name that stuck. Believe it or not.
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You also have to take into account censorship by editing. Charles Shultz (of Peanuts fame) had one of his first pictures published in Ripley's. He drew a picture of his dog (with a note that said; "Drawn by Sparky") stating that the dog ate nails, tacks and screws. Well, someone at Ripley's, fearing that the public might think the word "screws" was a verb and not a noun, changed it to "eats nails, tacks and razor blades."
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I will be performing at Ripley's Believe It or Not in St. Augustine on April the 18th. It is the original building that is seen on the TV show.
If you are in the area please stop by.
I will be part of a promotion there so I think that my Performance may be open to the public and possibly free. I will also be on the radio Smile
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My baby brother, George the Giant (www.georgethegiant.com), will be performing at Ripley's in Times Square on Valentine's/Presidents Day Weekend (Feb. 14-16). He's not sure what he'll be doing but you know it will be fun and strange, because that's the kind of guy he is!
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